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Maximize the ROI of Your MBA Program

NEW YORK, NY-March 7, 2012 Today’s business world demands thought leaders and innovators and often that means getting an MBA. The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, rated the top MBA program with the most financial value at graduation, has released a list of “Things to Consider to Maximize the ROI of Your MBA Program.”

Aspiring and current MBA candidates can maximize the benefits of their education by considering the following points offered by Sharon Belden Castonguay, EdD., Director of the Graduate Career Management Center at Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, and Principal, SBC Career Consulting.

Things to Consider in Order to Maximize the ROI of your MBA Program

Don’t try to outmaneuver the job market.

Career indecision or the desire to wait out a shaky economy are poor reasons to pursue graduate education. If you have a clear professional goal from the beginning you will find it easier to stay on track academically and to attract employers.

Weigh starting pay against cost of education.

MBAs have a reputation for pursuing careers in high paying fields like investment banking and management consulting. If this is what you want, choose a school that will give you access to those recruiters, and be willing to pay dearly in tuition for the privilege. But if you are passionate about marketing, accounting, the nonprofit world, or entrepreneurship, then consider carefully your debt burden in relation to your expected salary after graduation. According to an analysis by Poets and Quants, over the last decade the cost of getting an MBA has “significantly outpaced starting pay at every one of the top 20 U.S. business schools.”

Maintain your professional presence and hone your interpersonal skills.

An MBA candidate is never 100% student, even if she’s pursuing her degree full time. The easiest way to reenter the professional world is to never